spir·​i·​tu·​al·​ism | \ ˈspir-i-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce spiritualism (audio) , -i-chə-ˌli-, -ich-wə-ˌli- \

Definition of spiritualism

1 : the view that spirit is a prime element of reality
2a : a belief that spirits of the dead communicate with the living usually through a medium
b capitalized : a movement comprising religious organizations emphasizing spiritualism

Other Words from spiritualism

spiritualist \ ˈspir-​i-​chə-​wə-​list How to pronounce spiritualism (audio) , -​i-​chə-​list , -​ich-​wə-​list \ noun, often capitalized
spiritualistic \ ˌspir-​i-​chə-​wə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce spiritualism (audio) , -​i-​chə-​ˈli-​ , -​ich-​wə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective

Examples of spiritualism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black Dogs is a novel of ideas pitting rationalism against spiritualism and encompassing the Holocaust and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Adam Begley, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2022 The novel and subsequent film are based on the true story of Roland Doe, 13-year-old young boy from the late 1940s whose aunt had taught him about spiritualism like how to use an Ouija board. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Aug. 2022 In his telling, spiritualism gained enough traction to appeal to two quite different American families — but so what? Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Rosner, who now works as an astrologer, says he, too, was captivated by the group’s spiritualism, but quickly pulled away. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2022 Preoccupied with spiritualism and the occult as well as with her painting, Ms. Keane said nothing publicly even after discovering what her husband was up to, remaining passively complicit in the fraud for a decade. New York Times, 28 June 2022 If, as Wallace Stegner declared, national parks are America’s best idea, spiritualism is probably our strangest. Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 This builds on the importance of exercise and the increasing importance of meditation/spiritualism. Bernie Malinoff, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 This new-age spiritualism is often neoliberal - which advocates for a largely unregulated capitalist system - in its outlook. Daisy Schofield, refinery29.com, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spiritualism

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Sep 2022

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“Spiritualism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiritualism. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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